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Stretch and Sew
How did this method change how you sewed?
Janie Viers
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Date: 3/3/05 3:26 PM

I just wanted to ask anyone else if they took the Stretch and Sew classes mumble mumble years ago? I did and it opened my eyes to pattern fitting, pattern layout and how you could change the pattern you had to be something else. This was my first introduction to morphing pattern pieces and pattern sizes. It was my first introduction to knits and special sewing techniquess for them. It was my first introduction to "oh well, it's only fabric" thinking. It was also my first introduction into turning errors into design features and "close enough" fitting.

Anyone else? JanieV

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Date: 3/3/05 3:34 PM

My mom took Stretch and Sew classes and has talked about them. I think they really helped her and probably changed her sewing. I have a book that she used for class that is very "early 70's". I'm pretty sure I was a baby or a young child when she took these classes. I'm 35 now. Maybe they have had them more recently.

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Date: 3/3/05 3:49 PM

This topic brings back memories! I took Stretch and Sew classes in Minnesota back in the 1970s and I learned a lot that still influences my sewing. I actually made my husband a complete 3 piece suit using a plaid fabric while taking a Stretch and Sew class! I learned all about matching plaids, making all kinds of pockets including welt, doing a properly pad stitched lapel, how to handle interfacing and linings -- it was a very complete sewing class! I think one of the main things I learned is that I can sew anything I set my mind to sew, if I really want to!

That suit is long gone (yes, he wore it -- he's a sweet man!) but the lessons learned have stayed with me. So, thanks for the memories! And Patty, I have a 35 year old daughter (and son -- they're twins). I must have been the only pregnant kindergartner in my class! I'm not that old yet!

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edited to correct spelling. English majors can't let it go!
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Date: 3/3/05 4:41 PM

I had a book written by Ann Person about necklines. It was very well written and the directions for the different necklines were excellent. When I moved I had to be brutal and get rid of a lot of my sewing stuff. I am sorry that I let that one go.

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Date: 3/3/05 6:33 PM

I took Stretch & Sew classes in the early 70s through the late 80s; then they went away. They taught me how to fear nothing, try everything, and if it still doesn't work, oh well...our classes in MI were the basics, but when I lived in Tempe AZ, we really branched out. My aunt & I had custom patterns made at one of their seminars - too bad they don't fit me now But I know how to make new ones! Guess you could say it influenced my sewing tremendously - sometimes for the better, sometimes not!

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Date: 3/3/05 10:06 PM

I didn't have success with sewing knit fabrics until I discovered Stretch and Sew, and then there was a whole new world of fabrics and patterns that made sewing fun. My favorite technique is 'french trim', I still use it to trim necklines on t shirts and it's perfect for binding polar fleece.

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Date: 3/4/05 0:34 AM

Oooooh, the memories. I still have the original (copyright 1967) Ann Person Book, and I still use the t-shirt patterns that I sewed for my children, now for my grandchildren. Since the t-shirt fit has gone back to a more fitted silhouette, they are perfect, and I have all sizes including men and women too.
And oh, yes venturing into sewing with knits was so liberating for me. And with the overlock stitch on my Bernina 830, I thought it was the ultimate sewing experience.

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Date: 3/4/05 7:35 AM

I didn't take the classes but have a number of Ann Person's books and many of the S & S patterns. (My mother took classes and suggested the Stretch and Sew patterns to me).

The techniques Ann Person developed and shared with home sewers really opened our eyes to the ease of working with knits in particular, and the information on fitting was invaluable.

The ease of working with 1/4" seams, the stretch ratios for different knits, the applications of ribbing and trims, the suggestions of different amounts of wearing ease, tracing off patterns from a master pattern: all these "revolutionary" ideas came to American sewers from Stretch and Sew.

I have collected many of the classic designs, multi-sized patterns on the secondary market through the years. They are wonderful.

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Date: 3/4/05 3:04 PM

I took S&S classes in the early 70s in northern Virginia while my husband was posted there. I was reluctant at first as I thought I knew 'how to sew' - but what a revelation! I loved it! I still have the patterns and the books and supplementary leaflets (for the variations) - they have travelled half way round the world and still live in my sewing room. And, as somebody else commented, the closer fit is back so they have all been pulled to the top again. Great concept, great stores, great fabrics.
BevA, Australia

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Date: 3/9/05 5:07 AM

I took the classes in the 70's and admit I still use some of the techniques I learned. I was so stunned when they allowed you to make an error without losing your mind. Made sewing fun again.

Thanks for the memories. I especially enjoyed the phrase "mumble mumble years ago". What a truly descripted way to say it. Thanks.

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